ELK’s M1 controls integrate with products from over 40 other manufacturers. Integration is achieved using a variety of connection methods and protocols.

Smart Home Interview - Elk Products

Amy Strickland | Elk Products


ELK is a leading designer and manufacturer of customized home and business security, energy management and convenience solutions. For over 20 years, we have created a trusted brand with simple, yet innovative products that have now become industry standards. Our customer service is world class and we stand behind the products we sell with industry leading technical support and warranty.

We are focused on creating products that secure and simplify life. In the rapidly changing security and automation market, ELK offers an integrated approach that delivers full featured and personalized solutions.  Elk's M1 Controls incorporate security, fire, door entry control, plus energy & task management to provide total control of the home. Easily integrating with products of industry partner manufacturers, M1 controls offer a truly customized solution. These IP accessible systems provide simple, yet powerful on-site and remote user interfaces, giving the consumer full control anytime, from anywhere. www.elkproducts.com


Which technologies do your products use to communicate with each other and how does it work?

M1 system components such as keypads, expansion modules and serial integration interfaces communicate via the M1 RS-485 data bus.   An on-board serial port provides a connection for our Ethernet (IP) interface.  This Ethernet interface provides a means of communication for our programming software, ElkRP2, as well as our remote control software, M1ToGo.   Our line of wireless sensors communicates with the M1 system using our proprietary two-way wireless technology.


Do your products communicate with products from other manufacturers using a standard protocol? (which one)

ELK’s M1 controls integrate with products from over 40 other manufacturers.  Integration is achieved using a variety of connection methods and protocols.  Lighting is integrated via serial RS232 and partner protocols include Centralite (hardwired or Zigbee), Lutron RadioRA 2, Lutron Caséta, UPB and Z-Wave. INSTEON lighting is also supported through IP utilizing the Universal Devices ISY.   Thermostats are integrated using serial RS232/RS485. Hardwired thermostat partner protocols include Aprilaire, RCS and Leviton.  Wireless thermostat partner protocols include Lutron RadioRA 2 and Z-wave. Also supported are Z-wave locks and Lutron RadioRA 2/Caséta shades.   Whole house audio from NuVo, Proficient, and Russound is integrated through IP and serial RS232. Software, apps  and other partner interface devices communicate with M1 via IP and/or serial RS232 communications with a variety of partners including Connect ONE, eKeypad, M1 Touch Pro, AMX, Control 4, Crestron, and RTI just to name a few.  M1 systems can also be integrated with other devices using contact closures inputs and relay outputs.


What types of devices do you manufacture or provide?

  • Controllers
  • Network Devices
  • Software / Apps
  • Security Devices
  • Automation Devices
  • Energy Management Devices
  • Sirens/Speakers, Siren Drivers, Recordable Voice Modules, Power Supplies, Batteries, Structured Wiring Enclosures & Adapters, Relays & Timers, Surge Suppressors


Can your products be installed by the homeowner or are special skills and tools required?

ELK recommends M1 systems be installed by trained security/system integration professionals.  However, many “do-it-yourself” M1 installations have been successfully completed.


In a short paragraph or 2 please describe how your products fit into a Smart Home scenario and how they are set up to work together to perform automated tasks.

As a Cross Platform Control, M1 uses an integration friendly approach to become the central nervous system for the home to control, schedule and monitor virtually everything electrical.  Integrating the sub systems of the home with the security system allows intelligent control of lights, shades, thermostats, locks, gates, sprinklers, water shutoff valves and more based on system arm state, zone state, active alarms, etc.   M1 features an astronomical clock allowing activation of devices based on sunrise and sunset, or light/dark conditions.  The M1 Rules Engine provides powerful programming with “Whenever/And/Then” logic for virtually limitless applications.  Clients have complete control with simple to use keypads, key fobs, and PC software; as well as, apps for smart phones and tablets, or Cloud services.

Every smart home needs smart security.  Recent news reports have raised concerns about conventional wireless products being susceptible to hacking and jamming attacks.  ELK’s Two-Way Wireless technology for M1 controls helps users avoid these vulnerabilities, offering a truly secure and reliable wireless solution.  ELK’s cutting edge techniques such as frequency hopping and UL approved jamming detection defend against interference, hacking, and jamming.  ELK also incorporates advanced features to ensure reliability, extend battery life, and provide innovative security enhancements including wirelessly interconnected smoke detectors, motion detectors with built-in security/convenience lights, and key fobs with a system status inquiry button, allowing users to see if an alarm has been activated before entering the home.

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ELK Products, Inc.

ELK Products, Inc.

ELK Products is a manufacturer of premium products for security and automation. Our product line includes controls, speakers, sirens, power supplies, batteries, timers, relays, PLCs, and recordable voice units. The M1 Security & Automation Control offers convenience, comfort and simplicity by combining security, energy management, and home control solutions. with timely access to information & simple, user friendly interfaces, M1 keeps you informed & in control anytime, anywhere!

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